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Love Me Anyway
Kim Fay's review
Feb 15, 2013
I love it when authors write about a unique world they know personally, and I love it when authors take risks. Tiffany Hawk hits both of those marks. In this novel about flight attendants for United Airlines, Hawk knows whereof she writes. She, too, flew with that airline, which means that the details in this novel are wonderfully intimate. Funny, too -- i.e. On her travels the main character sees a man so "obscenely American that even I want to pickpocket him." But I didn't just enjoy the details about being a flight attendant. I also appreciated the descriptions of what it's like to live such an itinerant, lonely life. That's what this book is about. Loneliness and the search for connection with others. At one point, the main character shows up at the door of the man she's having an affair with: "You have to be here. You need him to show you the want and heat and pain of life. One night with him and life will hit you with everything it has at once." As for the risks in this book, that's one of them -- the shifting points of view, not only from character to character, but from first person to second person. Hawk also bounds from scene to scene, leaving many moments in between to the reader's imagination. I love being trusted as a reader. I also love being left wondering at times, as long as I don't feel confused. I was impressed by how Hawk moves the narrative forward without feeling the need to describe every little moment -- or even some of the big moments, for that matter. It's hard for me to go into deeper description on this point, since I don't want to give anything away in this story about friendship, family, love, 9/11 and the Vietnam war ... yes, the Vietnam war. But this is not by any means a novel about war, or even about 9/11. And that is remarkable in itself -- for a book to embrace such big issues while crafting a tale that is a tender reflection on relationships.
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